Mo Trafeh Over Meb Keflezighi, Adriana Nelson over Desi Davila at 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships

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by: USATF Communications
June 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Pushing the early pace, Mo Trafeh continued his successful 2013 USA Running Circuit campaign, setting a course record and winning the men’s title at the USA Half Marathon Championships Saturday morning in Duluth, Minnesota, hosted by the Grandma’s Marathon.

The USA Half Marathon Championships are the sixth stop on the USA Running Circuit, which will conclude this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers at today’s race qualified to compete for national honors at the the .US National Road Racing Championships.

Trafeh pushed the pace early in the foggy, cool morning in Duluth. Passing through the first mile mark in 4:21, the field strung out quickly, with Trafeh finding himself running alongside only three other runners. Olympian Meb KeflizighiJosphat Boit and Shadrack Biwott held strong, as Trafeh continued to push the pace, passing through the two mile mark in 8:56.

As the pace started to settle a bit, Trafeh and Keflizighi began to pull away, the early pace obviously taking it’s toll on Boit and Biwott. From the halfway point to nearly the finish line, Trafeh and Keflizighi would challenge each other running side-by-side.

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As the two runners neared the finish, Trafeh made a slight move that Keflizighi simply couldn’t cover. Trafeh, the freshly minted USA 25 km record holder, surged to the finish to win his second consecutive USARC title, crossing the finish in a new course record time of 1:01:17. Keflezighi finished a strong second in 1:01:22.

Adriana Nelson After USA Champs

Adriana Nelson After USA Champs. More on here win here

Trafeh’s win pushes him atop of the USARC standings, well ahead of runner-up Ben True (21 points) with 33 points. There are five races left to go in the 2013 USARC racing calendar.

Rounding out the top five, Oregon-based Biwott finished third in 1:02:24, Timothy Ritchie finished fourth in 1:02:29, while Boit finished fifth in 1:02:32. Olympian Abdi Abdirahman finished sixth overall in 1:02:57, while 2013 Team USA cross country athlete Bobby Mack finished seventh in 1:13:10.

In the women’s race, Boulder-based standout Adriana Nelson took the lead from the start and never looked back. Running the first mile in 5:16, Nelson immediately distanced herself from the field, putting 13 seconds on her closest competitors. Her lead would grow to nearly 50 seconds by the five mile mark.

As the chase pack passed through the 5.5 mile mark, Olympian Desiree Davila and Serena Burlastarted to close the gap on Nelson. Coming through seven miles, Nelson’s lead shrunk to 35 seconds and by nine miles it was down to 14 seconds.

Davila made a break and positioned herself solely in second, as Burla, 2012 USA Half Marathon Championship runner-up Maegan Krifchin, Minnesota-based Kelly BrinkmanMattie Suver andStephanie Rothstein-Bruce packed together to continue to push the pace and make up ground on Nelson.

At 10 miles, Davila was only seven seconds behind Nelson, but Nelson found another gear and grew her lead back to 11 seconds by the 12 mile mark. With the finish in sight, Nelson charged to the line, as the 33 year old won her first U.S. title in 1:11:19. Following closely behind, Davila crossed second in 1:11:26, while Brinkman finished a surprising third in 1:11:33.

Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce finished fourth in 1:11:38, while Suver finished fifth in 1:11:56. Suver’s six point gain in the USARC standings, giving her 28 total points, moved her into a tie for second overall with Brianna Nelson, who scored her own three points in the USARC standings with her eighth place performance of 1:12:23.

Contributed by Scott Bush

Men’s Results:

Name Age City State Overall Time
Mohamed Trafeh 28 Duarte CA 1/193 1:01:16.3
Meb Keflezighi 38 San Diego CA 2/193 1:01:22.0
Shadrack Biwott 28 Eugene OR 3/193 1:02:24.0
Timothy Ritchie 25 Brighton MA 4/193 1:02:28.9
Josphat Boit 29 Mammoth Lakes CA 5/193 1:02:31.5
Abdi Abdirahman 36 Tucson AZ 6/193 1:02:56.6
Bobby Mack 28 Raleigh NC 7/193 1:03:09.2
Ian Burrell 28 Tucson AZ 8/193 1:03:12.5
Scott Wietecha 31 Hendersonville TN 9/193 1:03:12.8
Christopher Barnicle 26 Mammoth Lakes CA 10/193 1:03:14.1
Tyler McCandless 26 Boulder CO 11/193 1:03:15.7
Sergio Reyes 31 Los Osos CA 12/193 1:03:16.4
Carlos Trujillo 27 Middleton ID 13/193 1:03:18.2
Andy Wacker 24 Boulder CO 14/193 1:03:25.9
Ahmed Osman 25 Flagstaff AZ 15/193 1:03:38.4
Mikhail Sayenko 28 Bellevue WA 16/193 1:03:39.6
Ricky Flynn 25 Lynchburg VA 17/193 1:03:44.5
Zachary Hine 25 Boulder CO 18/193 1:03:57.5
Craig Leon 28 Eugene OR 19/193 1:04:01.5
Joe Moore 29 Minneapolis MN 20/193 1:04:05.2
Dan Kremske 24 Woodstock IL 21/193 1:04:08.4
Josh Eberly 32 Gunnison CO 22/193 1:04:08.9
Danny Mercado 25 Flagstaff AZ 23/193 1:04:13.0
Andrew Carlson 31 Minneapolis MN 24/193 1:04:14.3
Eric Loeffler 36 Fargo ND 25/193 1:04:30.8
Christian Thompson 24 Candor NY 26/193 1:04:31.1
Kevin Castille 41 Nicholasville KY 27/193 1:04:31.9
Mike Morgan 33 Oakland Township MI 28/193 1:04:34.8
Nicholas Arciniaga 29 Flagstaff AZ 29/193 1:04:36.6
Enoch Nadler 27 Richardson TX 30/193 1:04:37.2
Brendan Martin 24 Rochester MI 31/193 1:04:37.7
Eric Finan 24 Cincinnati OH 32/193 1:04:42.5
Ethan Shaw 23 Rochester Hills MI 33/193 1:04:44.7
Paul Limpf 26 Cheney WA 34/193 1:04:45.9
Daniel Wallace-Periac 26 Nyack NY 35/193 1:04:46.1
Gian-Paul Caccia 27 New York NY 36/193 1:04:46.8
Drew Polley 27 Rochester MI 37/193 1:04:50.5
Abdelaaziz Atmani 31 Indianapolis IN 38/193 1:04:51.6
Robert Scribner 27 Rochester Hills MI 39/193 1:04:52.2
Jason Ordway 25 Dayton OH 40/193 1:05:02.5
Malcolm Richards 30 San Francisco CA 41/193 1:05:07.4
Kenyon Neuman 26 Boulder CO 42/193 1:05:16.5
Daniel Tapia 26 Castroville CA 43/193 1:05:20.7
Tyler Sigl 27 Green Bay WI 44/193 1:05:43.5
Andrew Foxenberg 28 Chittenango NY 45/193 1:05:44.2
Josh Simpson 29 Morgantown WV 46/193 1:05:50.7
David Fuentes 26 Austin TX 47/193 1:05:52.0
Kevin Pool 30 Folsom CA 48/193 1:05:52.7
Bryant Jensen 29 Ogden UT 49/193 1:05:57.2
Sean Burris 30 Marietta GA 50/193 1:05:59.4

Women’s Results:

Name Age City State DivPl Time
Adriana Nelson 33 Boulder CO 1/46 1:11:18.3
Desiree Davila 29 Washington Townshi MI 2/46 1:11:25.3
Kelly Brinkman 32 Bloomington MN 3/46 1:11:32.8
Stephanie Rothstein Bruce 29 Flagstaff AZ 4/46 1:11:37.5
Mattie Suver 25 Jelm WY 5/46 1:11:55.2
Maegan Krifchin 25 Dewitt NY 6/46 1:12:05.0
Serena Burla 30 Falls Church VA 7/46 1:12:13.5
Brianne Nelson 32 Golden CO 8/46 1:12:22.5
Michelle Frey 31 Minneapolis MN 9/46 1:12:33.5
Wendy Thomas 34 Windsor CO 10/46 1:13:16.8
Katie McGregor 35 St. Louis Pk MN 1/6 1:13:18.1
Sarah Crouch 23 Blowing Rock NC 11/46 1:13:33.3
Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz 32 Broomfield CO 12/46 1:13:50.6
Ladia Albertson-Junkans 27 Minneapolis MN 13/46 1:13:58.9
Melissa Johnson-White 32 Lake Orion MI 14/46 1:14:09.4
Esther Erb 27 Blowing Rock NC 15/46 1:14:34.8
Stephanie Price 23 Minneapolis MN 16/46 1:14:38.7
Nicole Camp 27 Cleveland Heights OH 17/46 1:14:41.0
Marci Gage 25 Bend OR 18/46 1:14:48.5
Sarah Cummings 24 New York NY 19/46 1:15:03.8
Sheri Piers 42 Falmouth ME 1/2 1:15:06.6
Jodie Robertson 28 Melville NY 20/46 1:15:27.0
Dani Fischer 24 Eau Claire WI 21/46 1:15:45.9
Joanna Zeiger 43 Boulder CO 2/2 1:16:09.8
Atalelech Asfaw 30 Albuquerque NM 22/46 1:16:28.0
Kimi Reed 25 Brookline Station MO 23/46 1:16:32.5
Dawn Grunnagle 35 Dallas TX 2/6 1:16:56.8
Lauren Johnson 34 Portland OR 24/46 1:17:06.0
Rachel Jaten 37 Spokane WA 3/6 1:17:12.5
Kristina Vegh 29 Cary NC 25/46 1:17:12.5
Deanna Ardrey 30 Boulder CO 26/46 1:17:14.1
Jane Vongvorachoti 29 Woodside NY 27/46 1:17:15.1
Becki Spellman 29 Akron OH 28/46 1:17:38.7
Emily Daum 26 San Antonio TX 29/46 1:17:48.5
Laura Paulsen 24 Minneapolis MN 30/46 1:18:14.7
Stefanie Slekis 25 Tallahassee FL 31/46 1:18:22.0
Heidi Greenwood 28 Cleveland OH 32/46 1:18:25.5
Emma Lee 22 St Paul MN 33/46 1:18:29.4
Lisa Baumert 26 Minneapolis MN 34/46 1:18:46.6
Rebecca Mishler 26 Meridian ID 35/46 1:18:50.6
Raquel Stucky 37 Pretty Prairie KS 4/6 1:19:03.8
Elizabeth Herndon 27 Knoxville TN 36/46 1:19:09.9
Renee High 31 Virginia Beach VA 37/46 1:19:43.2
Holly Nearman 27 Milwaukee WI 38/46 1:19:51.4
Ellen Ries 26 Des Moines IA 39/46 1:20:14.8
Kim Pawelek Brantly 39 Jacksonville FL 5/6 1:20:18.2
Jillian Tholen 25 Minneapolis MN 40/46 1:20:19.3
Caitlin Bullock 27 Charlotte NC 41/46 1:20:19.5
Melissa Gacek 37 White Bear Lake MN 6/6 1:20:25.3
Bridget Easley 32 Lincoln NE 42/46 1:20:34.7

 

 

 

 


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